1895 - 1900 Chinese American Man's Slippers

Description (Brief)
Mr. Lee only wore these slippers in his home or with his traditional Chinese clothes on special occasions. The slipper sole was thick, flat, inelastic, and shorter than the upper sole to give enough spring for walking.
For much of his early life, the Chinese New Year was Lee’s only day of rest from the Quong Yuen Shing & Co. general store and a time when he might wear these slippers.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1896
maker
unknown
place made
China
worn
United States: New York, Manhattan, Chinatown
Physical Description
satin (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9 1/4 in x 3 in x 2 3/4 in; 23.495 cm x 7.62 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
1992.0620.27.a-b
catalog number
1992.0620.27.a-b
accession number
1992.0620
catalog number
1992.0620.27a-b
Credit Line
Gift of James Edgar Mead and Virginia Lee Mead
subject
Chinese American
Immigration
Immigrants
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Home and Community Life: Costume
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Family & Social Life
Chinese American
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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